Alumni Hall will welcome a myriad of visitors each year, from prospective students and parents to community members and returning alumni. The Dick and Joan Whitcomb Heritage Center, housed on the third floor and visible to all via the second floor atrium, will introduce these visitors to the remarkable heritage of Knox College and the City of Galesburg thanks to the museum-quality display housed within the center.
Knox College is fortunate to have a number of authentic connections to Abraham Lincoln. As a young man, Lincoln was a member of the Illinois legislature that granted the institution its charter in 1837. Twenty-one years later, the east side of a brand new Main building on the Knox campus was the site of Lincoln’s fifth debate in the famous series with Stephen A. Douglas. And Knox bestowed the first academic honor of any kind to the self-educated Lincoln with the awarding of an honorary doctorate to the presidential candidate in 1860.
Lincoln continues to be a part of Knox College through the Lincoln Studies Center, which is devoted to the study of Lincoln’s life and work. Its principal focus is on producing scholarly editions that make significant primary source material more accessible. In addition, the Center seeks to broaden the understanding of Lincoln and his legacy through a variety of activities, including sponsorship of cooperative research and publication, Internet archives, lectures, conferences, and classroom instruction. Learn more about the Lincoln Studies Center.
From tutoring school children and repairing homes to preparing meals for those in need, Knox students are looking to the broader world beyond campus and making a positive difference in the Galesburg community. Those efforts are coordinated through the Mark and Jeannette Kleine Center for Community Service. The Center matches the interests of Knox students, clubs, and organizations to the needs of the Galesburg and the Knox County area. The Center also works with academic departments to implement experiential learning components of the academic program, with the goal of making every student a responsible steward of the environment and a responsible citizen. Last year, Knox students volunteered more than 16,500 hours of their time to benefit the community. Learn more about the Mark and Jeannette Kleine Center for Community Service.
No college education is complete unless it helps students understand the world in which they live and the people and issues they are certain to encounter as their lives unfold. And Knox firmly believes in a global education, with approximately 50% of Knox students studying off campus before they graduate. Knox offers 31 off-campus programs located in 18 countries, as well as the United States.
The Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies facilitates a global education by coordinating study abroad and off-campus programs, sponsoring distinguished guest speakers and scholars-in-residence who bring international perspectives to campus, promoting international travel and research, and integrating the experiences of students who have studied abroad into the life of the community. Learn more about the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies.
Independent research, scholarship, and creative work are the hallmark of Knox’s educational program. An estimated 85 percent of Knox students complete an independent research or creative project by the time they graduate, and 53 percent report working on a research project with a faculty member outside of course or program requirements, compared to 37 percent reported at peer institutions.
The Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study is the place where research, scholarship, and creative work will be showcased. The Center oversees a wide range of programs that support advanced work in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and creative and performing arts. The Center also coordinates nearly $250,000 awarded annually to Knox students for approximately 350 independent study and research projects. Learn more about the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study.
When asked to share their favorite things about Knox, alumni immediately mention the friendships that began in classrooms and dorm rooms that have lasted a lifetime. Alumni Relations is where these relationships will continue to develop and flourish. Each fall at Homecoming, upwards of 1,000 alumni return to campus to attend dinners, receptions, classes, and reunions around campus and the Galesburg community. And when they visit campus, alumni reestablish relationships with faculty and interact with current students, assisting them in their educational and career pursuits.
Alumni Relations also coordinates more than 40 events held across the country and around the world each year, from baseball games and museum tours to pub nights and picnics. And Alumni Relations is where alumni are honored, whether it is for their service to the College or the world beyond. Learn more about the Office of Alumni Relations.
Career preparation at Knox does not begin during the last term senior year, nor does it end with Commencement. Students come to the Center early in their Knox experience to assess their interests, explore career options that will drive the course of their education, and browse through a library of resources on careers, employers, and graduate and professional schools. Online tools allow students to navigate the job search process. Through counseling sessions, students will learn the interviewing and negotiating skills and job search strategies that will assist them with their goals, whether that is to receive an internship, attend the graduate program that best meets their needs, or obtain that first job post-Knox that will lead to a successful, fulfilling career.
But the assistance doesn’t stop when students leave campus. All of the resources that are available to students — from self-assessment to job search strategies and a myriad of career management tools — are also available to alumni at the Bastian Family Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development in Alumni Hall. Learn more about the Bastian Family Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development.
Admission counselors travel the globe, attending college fairs and meeting with students to share all that Knox has to offer and to help prospective students determine if Knox is the best fit for their goals and aspirations. But nothing can help these students determine if Knox is their best choice like a visit to the Knox campus. Almost 60% of students admitted to Knox say that their visit “sealed the deal.”
Alumni Hall will be the jumping-off point to experiencing life as a Knox student. Prospective students will meet with professors, coaches, and counselors. They will be drawn into the life of the College, where they will tour campus, attend classes, watch performances, and eat lunch in the Hard Knox Café, learning about the Knox experience. Learn more about the Office of Admission and Financial Aid.